THE CAPPUCCINI CONVENT (EX CONVENT) and THE CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA DEGLI ANGELI

Thanks to a letter addressed to the Cathedral Chapter by Bishop Gavino Manca de Cedrelles, it is clear that the Friars laid the foundation stone of the convent and the church of S. Maria degli Angeli on 8 December 1608. The building is on two levels, with a central cloister accessed through a vestibule flanked by the church façade and raised above the large square overlooking the convent, which can be reached from the current Via Garibaldi by climbing a long and wide staircase. The simple porticoed cloister has a cistern in the centre to collect rainwater.

The Cappucini carried out their religious and social activities in the territory until 1867, i.e. for over 250 years, when they were forced to leave because the convent and the church were expropriated by the Savoy State because of the so-called “subversive laws” (Law 3036 of July 7, 1866 which denied recognition and consequently patrimonial capacity) to all orders, corporations, and regular religious congregations, to conservatives and retreats that involved common life and were ecclesiastical in character.

From 1877 a begging hospital was established there, later a hospice and a shelter for the mentally ill. The complex has then undergone a general restoration that has changed – also in the materials used – the original layout, however the intervention allows the partial use of the complex by the municipal institution.